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Stastny Atones for Mistake with Career Night
A first-period defensive miscue lights fire for forward's fifth four-point game
Paul Stastny was in the right place at the right time four times Monday night at Pepsi Center, and his fifth career four-plus-point game led the Avalanche past Dallas 6-2.
Stastny had a pair of second-period goals—his ninth and 10th of the season—and he assisted on goals in the second and third period to account for at least four points for the first time since Dec. 2, 2009.Still, afterward his biggest takeaway was the play he didn’t make.
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Stastny Ends Drought, Leads Avalanche Past Stars
Rick Sadowski - NHL.com Correspondent
DENVER -- Paul Stastny emphatically ended a nine-game scoring drought Monday night.
Stastny scored twice in the second period and chipped in with two assists to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 6-2 win against the Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center.
After going nine games without a point, Stastny had three in the second period when the Avalanche scored four times to build a 5-1 lead.
"I always put pressure on myself," he said. "If anything, I was more frustrated, whether I showed it or not. No one will see it, but inside it's frustrating. That's how it is. It's a long season and you just have to keep battling through it. Not everything is going to go your way. Some games you don't play well and you get points, some games you play well and you deserve something and you don't get anything."
• Colorado improved to 3-0-0 against Dallas this season, 2-0-0 at home.
• The Avalanche had a season-high 48 shots-on-goal…The 48 shots are Colorado’s most in a single game since Nov. 10, 2011, when the Avs had 51 shots against the New York Islanders at Pepsi Center.
• The Avalanche had 21 shots in the first period, a season high for a single period…It’s the most shots by Colorado in the first period of a game since Oct. 4, 2006, when the Avs fired 22 shots in the first period against Dallas in the 2006-07 season opener at Pepsi Center.
Avs vs. Stars - Dec. 16
Avalanche Ready for Power-Play Boost
The “power” is missing from the Avalanche’s power play—at least in its past 10 games.
Colorado’s last man-advantage goal came Nov. 21 at Phoenix, when Ryan O’Reilly gave the Avalanche a 4-3, overtime win with a power-play score 42 seconds before the end of the extra period.
Since then the Avs have been on 26 power players and not once reaped the benefit. Colorado is 13-of-89 (24th, NHL) on power-play chances this season and 6-of-40 at home (23rd).
"It's time for the power play to click. There's no doubt about it," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said Saturday night, following his team’s 0-for-2 power-play night in Minnesota’s 2-1 win at Pepsi Center.
Roy stressed then, again at practice yesterday and then this morning the importance of his team playing within itself when it has a chance to dictate the play. He also wants his players to maintain a simplified approach, which is quickly becoming a calling card of his coaching approach.
Listen as the Altitude Radio Network's Marc Moser talks with Cory Sarich, Gabriel Landeskog and John Mitchell after the day's morning skate practice, plus coach Patrick Roy's pregame news conference as the Avs get ready for the Stars.
* Tonight is the first game of a back-to-back, home-and-home series between the Avalanche and Stars. They will meet again tomorrow night in Dallas.
* The Avs are coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to Minnesota on Saturday, their first OT/shootout defeat of the year.
*At 21-9-1, the Avs have posted their second-most wins (21-tied) and third-most points (43) through 31 games in franchise history.
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Avs Open Two-Day Home-and-Home vs. Stars
STARS (15-11-5) at AVALANCHE (21-9-1)
TV: Altitude, Fox Sports Southwest
Last 10: Dallas 4-3-3; Colorado 5-4-1
Season series: This is the third of five games between the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche. Colorado won the first two games, each by a 3-2 score. The Stars and Avalanche will play the second game of this home-and-home series Tuesday at American Airlines Center.
Big story: Four crucial Central Division points are on the line tonight and tomorrow. The Avs fell Saturday night into a virtual tie with the Minnesota Wild for third place in the division (43 points apiece), while Dallas trails both by eight points.READ MORE >